- The Washington Times - Friday, November 1, 2019

Spanking children as a form of discipline will inspire more bad behavior, a new study based on 50 years of research found.

The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan conducted a joint study of more than 160,000 children and found that spanking was less likely to lead to good behaviors and more likely to cause anti-social behavior, aggression and cognitive difficulties.

“Spanking increases the likelihood of a wide variety of undesired outcomes for children. Spanking thus does the opposite of what parents usually want it to do,” said Dr. Andrew Gorgan-Kaylor, a University of Michigan researcher with a doctorate in philosophy in social welfare, an NBC News affiliate in Charlotte  reported.

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While family science experts differentiated spanking from child abuse, they found the effects of the trauma were basically the same.

Spanking has become a less popular form of punishment in the U.S. over the years, with the University of New Hampshire reporting only 37% of parents use the disciplinary technique.

Around the world, however, UNICEF reports that 80% of households spank their children.


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